Darwin Room Rates Crash As Mining Bust Takes Toll

 Darwin, heavily exposed to the slumping mining sector, was Australia’s worst-performing hotel market last year with the average room rate collapsing 20%.

Brisbane (-3%), Canberra (-2%) and Perth (-1%) also under-performed, the annual Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com has revealed.

However, it was business as usual in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s biggest accommodation markets.

Robust demand drove a rate increase in Sydney of 6% while Melbourne wasn’t far behind with a rise of 4%.

The far north Queensland resort destination of Port Douglas recorded Australia’s biggest rate increase with prices up 12% year on year.

Remote Uluru performed well with 7% rate growth making it Australia’s most expensive destination at an average of $310 a night.

Change in Australian hotel prices paid per night for all travellers booking through Hotels.com in 2015:

Destination Average price paid in 2015 (AUD) % change on 2014
AUSTRALIA $183 2%
Uluru $310 7%
Whitsunday Islands $254 -3%
Sydney $217 6%
Sunshine Coast $202 2%
Port Douglas $200 12%
Gold Coast $193 4%
Byron Bay $192 2%
Canberra $186 -2%
Perth $184 -1%
Newcastle $183 11%
Melbourne $182 4%
Scarborough $181 -3%
Hobart $178 1%
Hunter Valley $176 2%
Blue Mountains $170 -3%
Brisbane $163 -3%
Darwin $157 -20%
Cairns $155 4%
Adelaide $155 1%
Launceston $141 -1%

 

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